Program Development Study Phase
For most projects, the best course is to select the design A/E and Architect of Record
through GSA's Design Excellence program and use the selected A/E to prepare the PDS
before proceeding into design. However, other design procurement strategies may
remain valid options for some projects (e.g., a limited-scope renovation that does not
require a Feasibility Study or a design/build project). In those cases, another A/E may
be contracted to complete the PDS.
Validate the A/E delivery method.
Review the Feasibility Study and the PMP to determine whether
current conditions warrant following the recommendation or selecting
a different process.
Determine whether the project is a limited-scope renovation (such as for a single system);
if so, include the A/E procurement method as part of the PDS.
Validation of A/E and PDS contractor procurement strategy
This task typically takes one (1) week.
2.2 Develop the PDS Scope of Work
The most important task for the project team is preparing the scope of work. A
carefully crafted scope of work defines the project's needs, provides Capital Program
managers with the data to support the construction funding request, and delivers a
document that guides the project through the early stages of design.
GSA has developed model scopes of work for renovation and new construction projects
(see "Appendix F: GSA's Standard Scopes of Work"). Reviewing these standard scopes is
a good starting point for defining the scope of work for the project. The PDS team
must customize each project's scope to ensure that it addresses both project
requirements and those of the relevant Capital Program.